Kotoko vs Bechem: Vinicius, Senanu in as Porcupines lose Naby Keita to injury
Asante Kotoko striker Naby Keita is out for an unspecified number of days with a groin injury.
The Guinean import was hurt and replaced by Godfred Asiamah in the 63rd minute of the Porcupines’ 1-1 draw away to Eleven Wonders in the Ghana Premier League last Saturday.
Keita will miss Wednesday’s outstanding home match with Bechem United at Len Clay Stadium as well as at least subsequent games against Berekum Chelsea and Great Olympics.
He adds to the growing number of injury casualties at the club.
New signing Michael Vinicius – who has been put on a three-week fitness schedule – has been drafted into Kotoko’s 18-man squad for the game in Obuasi.
The Brazilian is, however, expected to be among the substitutes while Andy Kumi Francis, who came on in the second half for his debut over the weekend, starts in place of the injured Keita and alongside Augustine Okrah who has been drifted to play centrally.
Fit-again defensive midfielder Richard Senanu has also made Kotoko’s match squad for the first time since sustaining an ACL injury in February 2019.
There is a return to the squad for captain and goalkeeper Felix Annan after missing the trip to Techiman. He takes the place of Kwame Baah.
Meanwhile, right-back Christopher Nettey is also out of the squad due to yellow card accumulation.
Asante Kotoko host Bechem United at 15:00 GMT in what has been dubbed a must-win outstanding match-day 16 encounter which will help coach Mariano Barreto’s side to leapfrog arch-rivals Hearts of Oak into third position. The Phobians, currently on 30, have a two-point advantage over the Porcupines.
Kotoko’s squad for Bechem clash:
Goalkeepers: Felix Annan, Razak Abalora
Defenders: Samuel Frimpong, Imoro Ibrahim, Patrick Asmah, Ismail Ganiyu, Yussif Mubarik, Habib Mohammed, Wahab Adams
Midfielders: Fabio Gama, Latif Anabila, Emmanuel Gyamfi, Godfred Asiamah, Salifu Mudasiru, Richard Senanu
Strikers: Andy Kumi Francis, Michael Vinicius, Augustine Okrah